22/04/2012. Lize-Marie Dreyer explains the creative process behind her digital illustrations of the National Symbols. Picture: Thobile Mathonsi

Clement Manyathela

A PRETORIA art student’s work is travelling the length and breadth of the country – through the mail.

The SA Post Office’s stamp advisory committee has selected the illustrations of Lize-Marie Dreyer, 20, for a series of stamps to celebrate SA’s national symbols before Freedom Day on Friday.

Dreyer, a third-year student at the Open Window School of Visual Communications, worked on her designs for eight weeks.

She said she enjoyed the creative process immensely and was thrilled by the idea of her designs travelling across SA.

The stamps illustrate the national symbols, including the king protea, the galjoen and the yellowwood tree.

Creating some of the symbols was an intricate and time-consuming process, she said.

“For the protea, I looked at the seeds, leaves, surrounding fynbos and even the roots of the plants.

“I made patterns out of all those things, cut them up and built up the entire protea out of those patterns.”

She said all her designs were united by the concept of a rainbow nation.

“The vast majority of people in South Africa are much like a pattern.

“Each culture and each person represents a separate element, which, when put together, forms the most beautiful pattern that is SA.”

Dreyer, who has loved art from an early age, said she was honoured to win.

“I cannot explain how I feel, it’s really an overwhelming privilege,” she said.

Her mother, Elsa, said she was immensely proud.

“She has always had this creative, fantasy mind that won her competitions when she was young.”

Rachel-Marie Ackermann, graphic designer at philatelic services, said this achievement would look good on Dreyer’s portfolio, because her name is printed on the stamps. The stamps cost R2.65 each and can be used as postage on any domestic DL-sized letter.